Book Review: The City and The City, by China Mieville

One of my favorite books from a couple of years ago was Kraken by China Mieville. I enjoyed that audiobook so much that there was a part of me that had some trepidation about reading more of Mieville’s books because I worried that maybe they wouldn’t be as good as that first one, right? Please…

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Book Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

At the end of 2011, I was surprised to see Stephen King’s latest book 11/22/63 on a number of “Best of the Year” lists. And not just best “Horror” or best “genre” type of lists – but honest-to-goodness “Best of the Year” for literary fiction lists. That sort of praise has been hard to come…

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Book Review: Zone One, by Colson Whitehead

Zombies are in. From AMC’s smash hit television series The Walking Dead, to the movie Zombieland (and the upcoming film version of Max Brooks’ World War Z), flesheaters are everywhere. In fact, they’re so much everywhere that I’ve started worrying that zombies are reaching that too-much-of-a-good-thing spot that vampires reached right around the second Twilight…

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Good For You Oates

During my interview with Kelly (which you should check out because it was really fun) and a recent conversation with Tom and Bookish, my affection for the books of Joyce Carol Oates came up. That made me realize that I had a couple of her books in my “to review” list. Blonde is a fictionalized…

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Mystery Bites

No, not the UFOs* in your Aunt Gladys’s jello mold. And not the artisanal** foie gras, goat cheese, truffle, water chestnut, actual chestnut and quinoa stuffing from Saveur magazine, but mystery-thrillers. You see for me, mysteries are the palate cleansers of books. After I’ve read something deep, or gotten too genre-heavy, I usually turn to…

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Book Review: The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

Remember last spring when everyone was having a lot of fun at Harold Camping’s expense for predicting The Rapture? He was utterly sure that he and his followers were going to be assumed into heaven. I was thinking of Camping and his ilk when I started reading The Leftovers by Tom Perotta. The Leftovers takes…

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Good Burger Books

You know sometimes when you’re out and you get a meal – say a burger – and it’s really very good, better than most burgers, in fact. But the problem is that it’s good enough to remind you of the BEST. BURGER. EVER. – and that’s when you realize that your current very good burger…

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Hercule-an Efforts

When you’re a scientist and you think of fictional personas that you might like to emulate, I think the easiest answer that pops to mind is Indiana Jones. I mean, come on: he’s a Professor, Archaeologist, Finder of Lost Things, and gun-totin’, whip-wielding, Nazi-beating collection of awesomeness. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that…

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